We’re all looking for ways to cut costs on utilities and lighten our carbon footprint.
This is because we are not aware of the biggest energy guzzlers in our homes and businesses (for a comprehensive list, consult your utilities provider).
Items that use the most energy in our homes include: heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers and any other large appliances used on a regular basis (for a full list, consult your utilities provider). Though we need to use these items regularly, there are some positive energy saving tips we can follow to cut back on energy use and costs. First, invest in a programmable thermostat. This will ensure that your heater and air conditioner operate only when the indoor temperature dips below a certain point in the winter and reaches a certain high in the summer. Second, clean the ducts and vents connected to your HVAC system. This will allow your HVAC system to run at optimum levels, which will translate into lower energy use and costs. Third, be sure that the insulation in your home or office is up to par. Poor insulation can reduce the effectiveness of your HVAC system since cool air and hot air can easily escape, requiring your HVAC system to run longer to maintain indoor temperatures. Finally, on moderate days, give your HVAC system a rest and allow mother nature to cool or warm your home. Open a window or use screen doors. These small steps can help reduce your carbon footprint and save energy costs. For a comprehensive list of energy-saving tips, consult your utilities provider.